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Chicago in top category ranks for software, science, international business

 The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) rises above the city's skyline.
The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) rises above the city's skyline.
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Chicago had high and low moments in the 2013 IBM study focused on software development, financial services and and life sciences. But for the most part, it's a force to be reckoned with in most business categories for start-ups and current companies. The residential population is 2.7 million, and the workforce population is 9.5 million.

The International Headquarters ranking focused on corporate management, human resources (HR), finance and marketing. Chicago ranked:

  • No. 27 in general business environment
  • No. 36-47 in regulations
  • No. 3 in talent
  • No. 16 in sector specialization
  • No. 3 in infrastructure and connectivity
  • No. 36 in living environment

The Shared Services ranking focused on finance, HR, customer support and information technology (IT). Chicago ranked:

  • No. 27 in general business environment
  • No. 1-12 in regulations
  • No. 13 in talent
  • No. 33 in sector specialization
  • No. 3 in infrastructure and connectivity
  • No. 36 in living environment

The Software Development ranking focused on software developers, testers, architects and business analysts. Chicago ranked:

  • No. 24 in general business environment
  • No. 18-29 in regulations
  • No. 11 in market
  • No. 17 in talent
  • No. 9 in sector specialization
  • No. 2 in infrastructure and connectivity
  • No. 30 in living environment

The Financial Services ranking focused on fund managers and financial analysts. Chicago ranked:

  • No. 27 in general business environment
  • No. 21-32 in regulations
  • No. 3 in market
  • No. 3 in talent
  • No. 5 in sector specialization
  • No. 5 in infrastructure and connectivity
  • No. 21 in living environment

The Life Sciences Research & Development (R&D) and Production ranking focused on scientists, technicians and skilled production staff. Chicago ranked:

  • No. 20 in general business environment
  • No. 20-31 in regulations
  • No. 52 in market
  • No. 6 in talent
  • No. 12 in sector specialization
  • No. 7 in infrastructure and connectivity
  • No. 33 in living environment

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